DOZENS of people turned out early at Bendigo phone stores this morning to secure the latest iPhone.
For Apple fan Ben Free it was a familiar queue after picking up the iPhone 3GS on its opening day in 2008.
This time he was first in line, getting to the Mitchell Street Telstra store at 4am to ensure he would be able to get his hands on the new device.
"Last time when we lined up it was pretty busy so we thought we would get in early," he said.
"I've been hanging out waiting for it for a few months."
Other phone fanatics went to upgrade their now-outdated models. Ash Baxter said he had the iPhone 3G, then 4 and now the 5.
"I've got the iPad and the laptop as well," he said.
Telstra store manager Brody Nicholls said the level of interest was "unexpected".
"I thought there would be a bit of interest but this is the biggest line I've seen at this store," he said. "People are going crazy for it."
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